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PREMIER B

Di Langton

FIFTY SHADES OF B GRADE After a fairly soft performance against Old Haileybury, Uni Blacks dominated Werribee last week with a 15-goal pounding to once again assert themselves as clear ladder leaders. No time to bask in a post-game smoke, however, they come up against in-form Old Melburnians this week – the dark blues have run off those early season love handles and are tackling with fantastic gusto, to wit their steamy encounter with the Magentas showcased superior drive and vigour. The Sharks continue to cruise the competition, tearing off a bit of tri-colour trim while the ‘Tonners have unearthed a new leading lothario in Dan Anthony. The ‘Bees and Jackas have found that staying up in Premier B takes quite a bit of stamina, while the Oaks finally got some satisfaction with a win over Old Ivanhoe …who have sadly and most definitely lost their mojo. In brilliant mid-winter conditions mirrored around Melbourne, Old Brighton hosted AJAX at South Road, starting with a fairly even first term until the home side scored late majors. Ruckman Skewes gave the ‘Tonner midfielders first use, Bruin outstanding on the wing while the double-teaming on Jacka Routman stifled his usual impact. AJAX forwards Lew and Fayman kicked seven goals between them, but Old Brighton captain Jon Perrett’s four goals (three in an electric second quarter) stamped the home side’s claim to fifth pozzie with an emphatic 65 point win. Over at sunny Scammell Reserve the cellar dweller duel between Oakleigh and Old Ivanhoe started at a frantic pace, each desperate to get the early jump but accuracy suffered until both sides slowed and steadied. The Browns took a nine point lead at the lemon break and quietly maintained the upper hand through to half time, but the Krushers burst out of the sheds to 4

cut a swathe through Ivanhoe’s defences and took third term honours with a 15 point buffer. The final stanza was a rout, Ivanhoe swept aside as the Oaks kicked six in a 37 point win. Chris Lamb and Lee Barrand kicked 3 each, Steve Doherty again solid while Nick Butler (5) and Nick Gieschen were best for the Hoes. The ground at Banksia Reserve was in great shape as the battle for second spot raged between Beaumaris and St Kevins. The game ebbed and flowed with the Sharks taking the edge in the big man duels; McNicholas and Carroll rotating well while Dean (3) showed strength and class around the ground. Beauy linked up smoothly while SKOBs relied more on individual efforts, hard at the ball regardless. Jules Staffieri continues a stellar first year for St Kevins, a clear winner in defence and youngster Henry Parkes kicked four. Weight of numbers ran out however, Beaumaris well deserved winners by around 4 goals. Werribee’s horror stretch continued, managing just two goals against Uni Blacks in a forgettable game at the varsity. Ravaged by injury this year, the ‘Bees nonetheless had a quality lineup on the park, albeit young and underdone, but were found wanting in the clinches. Patterson was their stellar light, while Delahunty continued solid form for the Uni, along with Jordy Foster bagging five goals, Mahon and Matthews (3) free to run amok. The scene was beautifully set at McKinnon Reserve; streaming sunshine poured into the pre-game lunch celebrating the myriad exploits of Old Haileybury’s past players, but on the park Old Melburnians booted four goals to the hapless Blood’s six behinds - despite getting plenty of the pill. They steadied in the second but an insipid third term saw barely a tackle laid, even though TODAY SELECTIONS IN BOLD AJAX v Oakleigh Beaumaris v Old Ivanhoe Old Melburnians v University Blacks St Kevins v Old Brighton Werribee Districts v Old Haileybury

THE AMATEUR FOOTBALLER 2012

Amateur Footballer Round 13-14 2012  

Amateur Footballer Round 13-14 2012